Performance Breathing®

By PJ Nestler | Tue Nov 08 2016

Breathing is the foundation of life. The first step in enhancing health, performance and longevity is to optimize the breath. XPT’s Performance Breathing is designed to deliver these benefits through expert techniques.

Breathing influences every system and function within the body. Proper breathing will promote oxygen transport to all the vital organs and tissues of the body. Breathing can act as the doorway to a calm, relaxed mental state and can be used to control fear, anxiety, anger and stress while promoting restful sleep. Through correct breathing habits, new levels of health, performance, fitness and wellness can be realized for any application or activity you are doing.

XPT Breathe originally started through the exploration of legendary big wave surfer, pioneer and XPT Founder Laird Hamilton. In an effort to improve his breath-holding capabilities and to stay relaxed and calm when held under giant waves, Laird began the ancient Polynesian practice of carrying heavy stones underwater. This evolved into exploring other breath-holding and breathing exercises on dry land with influence from dozens of different methods and teachers. Thus, Laird Hamilton’s breathing app was born.

The Ancient Art of Breathwork

Breathing training has been around for centuries. The XPT breathing app has combined ancient practices with new-age science to create a program that can enhance performance across a wide spectrum of activities. From professional athletes, elite military units and high-powered executives to young children and elderly alike, XPT Performance Breathing can set the foundation for massive progress.

Proven Breathing Techniques

The research on breathing to enhance physical and mental health and performance goes back decades and has been curated by XPT breathing advisors and staff to find the most effective methods for every situation. XPT Breathe methods are broken into three distinct categories, each creating a specific result:

  • ACTIVATE methods are intended to calm and focus the mind while bringing energy to the body to prepare for a major meeting, competition or event or to simply set the foundation for a productive day.

  •  PERFORM methods can be used as a stand-alone workout to strengthen the respiratory muscles, train the focus of the mind and improve CO2 tolerance for enhanced habitual breathing. These methods can also be used during a workout to stabilize the spine and create proper movement mechanics or to boost recovery between bouts of intense exercise.

  • RESET methods are designed specifically to create feelings of calm, relaxation and recovery in the body. These can be used to down-regulate after an intense workout, to calm down during times of stress, anger or anxiety or before bed to foster deep, restful sleep.

Check out some Activate, Perform and Reset methods from the XPT Daily Training System.




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